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RG3 plays it cool before his debut

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RG3 plays it cool before his debut

Before making his first career start Sunday in New Orleans, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said hell go through his typical routine, his headphones playing the usual soothing tunes.

Its in my music selection at the beginning of the game, Griffin said, when asked how he maintains the calm demeanor his veteran teammates praised him for during the preseason. I try to stay cool and calm and collected. I throw a little Michael Jackson in there to spice it up. Other than that, clear your mind and not think about too much.

It would be easy for a 22-year-old rookie to get whipped into a frenzy by the moment and the manic crowd at Superdome. But nothing thats transpired this preseason would suggest Griffin will struggle to control his nerves.

On Wednesday, he explained why that is.

Calm and cool hasnt always been Griffins method of operation on game days. From high school through the early part of his sophomore season at Baylor, Griffin skewed the other way during his pregame preparation.

I tried to get a little to, as they say in college, crunk, Griffin said. I just didnt play well for about three games as a sophomore at Baylor doing that getting crunk stuff. Its not who I am.

So I just try to stay cool calm and collected and dont worry about what other guys do, he continued. Everyone has a different way of getting ready and that just happens to be my way.

In addition to his low-key warm up, Griffin said theres another reason he rarely panics in big moments: his exhaustive preparation.

You try to prepare for every detail, he said. Worry is a bad word. You try not to worry about things. You just prepare for them. Coach told me make sure my mind is clear. Dont try to make the game harder than it really is.

Griffin did acknowledge that his blood pressure will rise at various points during Sundays game. But he also said he knows its up to him to suppress those emotions on the sideline and especially in the huddle, where 10 other players will be looking to him to set the tone.

Everybody gets nervous. Everyone gets antsy, anxious, he said. Any word you want to put on that. But you want to stay calm. I have to stay calm. I cant go in there and stumble over my words. Try to make sure I keep an even keel.

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Redskins sign linebacker Jon Bostic to try and help make up for the loss of Reuben Foster

Redskins sign linebacker Jon Bostic to try and help make up for the loss of Reuben Foster

Two days after losing Reuben Foster for the year, the Redskins made a move to at least provide reinforcements to a weakened linebacker group.

On Wednesday, Washington announced that they have signed Jon Bostic, a six-year veteran. The 'Skins also officially placed Foster on injured reserve.

Bostic was a 2013 second-round pick of the Bears out of Florida. He's since bounced around to New England, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, where he started 14 times for the Steelers in 2018 and posted 73 tackles. He's been traded twice in his career and missed all of 2016 with a foot injury. 

So, what does the move accomplish for the Redskins?

Well, Bostic — or any other free agent signing at this point — isn't going to have close to the level of talent and potential that Foster had. However, getting another option at linebacker was necessary for the Burgundy and Gold, and the 28-year-old has played in 30 contests over the past two years, so he's relatively established. 

Yes, he's far from a gamechanger, considering he has just one interception and 5.5 sacks as a pro. But he's regarded as a solid run defender and tackler and should at least push Mason Foster and Shaun Dion Hamilton. His presence also could alleviate some of the pressure that would've been on rookie Cole Holcomb. 

Signing a defender who's been with five franchises in six years isn't exactly inspiring, but Bostic has experience as a starter and could give the Redskins useful snaps on first and second down at a minimum. Now it's on him to take advantage of the opportunity he's been given.

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Landon Collins is thrilled to be with the Redskins and can't wait to get revenge on the Giants

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Landon Collins is thrilled to be with the Redskins and can't wait to get revenge on the Giants

You may not know the exact dates of the Redskins' two matchups with the Giants this season, which will take place Sep. 29 and Dec. 22 in 2019. But Landon Collins sure does.

"I'm gonna circle it for the next six years," the 'Skins new safety told ESPN in a recent interview. 

No, Collins isn't circling those dates from now until 2024 because he wants to be very organized and ensure he doesn't have any scheduling conflicts. He's doing it because he's dying to get revenge on his former team, who let him leave as a free agent in part because of their "culture change," according to him.

"All we wanted to do was win, and we spoke up because we had to get them to listen to us," Collins told ESPN, referring to himself and other now ex-Giants like Odell Beckham and Damon Harrison. "I think we were too vocal, and that platform was bigger than the Giants... If it's not good media, they don't want that kind of media."

In addition to the organization wanting to go in a different direction culture-wise, New York didn't want to pay the amount of money the Redskins ended up paying for Collins because he wasn't an ideal fit in their defense. The 25-year-old pushes back against the idea that he's strictly a "box safety," though, as do current and former players.

Interestingly enough, Collins isn't the only member of the Redskins' secondary who's in D.C. thanks to a decision by Dave Gettleman. Gettleman was also the same guy who decided the Panthers needed to move on from Josh Norman in April 2016.

Collins, for one, doesn't sound like he'll miss Gettleman at all. The defender didn't love how the GM consistently failed to make an effort to connect personally with his players. 

"I don't know him, he don't know me, that's kind of how it just kind of was," he explained.

All that, however, doesn't matter anymore. Collins is going to be the foundation of the Redskins' defense for quite some time, and that's a challenge he's ready to accept.

"I'm on a team that loves me and wanted me here," he said.

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